Back in the heady, nihilistic days of my youth, I considered myself to be part of an avant garde for the art world. A backlash against abstract and pop, the thesis of my revolution was simply this: Art should serve narrative. Pictures should tell stories.
Here at Deviant Art, I see a hundred beautiful pictures of sexy young women (female, feminine dames,) wearing some sexy outfit, rendered or painted by very talented artists, and yet the vast majority of them are just...BORING. (I include myself here -- I'm still as guilty of this as any horny guy with a pen and a piece of paper.)
A picture of a character posing might have been impressive 100 or 200 years ago, when art was scarce and models all had VD. It is the same situation as sacred imagery -- you used to have to GO TO CHURCH to see stained glass or statues or paintings of The Passion. You used to have to get up, travel, and GO TO CHURCH to hear Bach. Now it's everywhere.
Images of beautiful women are everywhere, (and if you're lucky enough to live in my town, there are also plenty of ACTUAL beautiful women.) These images are at the checkout line, on commercials, on buses, popping up on banner ads and flash content. They're common. Beauty is common.
And the poses I see here are even worse. I see heroines with swords who show less intent or presence than JC Penney catalog models. What is that woman doing? Who's she looking at? Why is she just standing there, smiling like a spokesmodel at a trade show? The picture itself fails to speak to me, fails to tell a story and so I don't care how good it is -- it's BORING. Delete.
So when you go to draw your next knockout bombshell pinup, I beg of you to stop. I beg of you to think very, very hard about whether or not this piece of art is going to tell a story, or whether it will simply sit there, being pretty. Haven't you done enough of those? Haven't we all seen enough of that? We know you have talent. God, you've got talent, but where's the vision? Where's the voice? Where's the story? How can your pictures only be worth two words?
Make them talk. Make them interesting. Make them better.
Listening to: Rain
Reading: War of Kings
Watching: Bleach (again)
Playing: Starcraft II
Eating: smoked salmon dip on melba toast
Drinking: Woods Coffee